Oak Mountain Lake Trail Expansion Dedication Ceremony to be held Nov. 3

The Lake Trail at Oak Mountain State Park is now 4.5 miles longer and has a new 65-foot metal truss bridge that spans the spillway dam at Double Oak Lake thanks to a partnership between Alabama State Parks, the Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP), Shelby County and the City of Pelham, Ala. A dedication ceremony for the trail expansion will be held at 2 p.m., at the truss bridge on November 3, 2010. In the event of inclement weather, the dedication will be held in the park office.

The Lake Trail and Rattlesnake Ridge Trail, also a part of the Oak Mountain trail system, evolved as part of an agreement between the partnered groups through a series of sponsored grants from Shelby County, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs’ (ADECA) Recreation Trails Program and the City of Pelham.

The expansion is part of a long-range plan to develop an EPIC trail status (a trail of 25 miles or more) for Oak Mountain State Park. Plans for the trail include 25 miles of single-track bike trail, which will complement the park’s existing trail system; and a series of organized events to promote various local and regional attractions in the Shelby and Jefferson County areas.

“The construction of the new trail segment and bridge would not have been possible without the assistance from Shelby County, the City of Pelham, BUMP, and various public and private individuals,” said Mark Easterwood, Alabama State Parks Director. “We appreciate all the work they have done to help make this happen.”

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions:  Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.  To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com .